The Ohio Masonry Association has recognized the Custer Family Early Childhood Center at the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio, for its use and craftsmanship of masonry. The Merit Design Award was given at the OMA’s Annual Excellence in Masonry Awards held in Columbus in mid-February. Judges’ comments noted skillful handling of the challenge of giving an existing building both a needed addition and a structural image boost. Exterior elements such as the entry canopy and successful incorporation of canvas awnings were mentioned. Positive feedback was also given about interior elements such as the light-filled atrium and economically created facades (near each room entrance) that give the impression of a large, colorful mural spanning the entire facility.
The Center will host an important part of the annual conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Equip09, when the event is held at the Columbus church in July. Child care and children’s events will be held in that area of the church’s facilities.